Welcome to the Website of author Robert Hays.

Robert has been a newspaper reporter, public relations writer, magazine editor, and university professor and administrator. A native of Illinois, he taught in Texas and Missouri and retired in 2008 from a long journalism teaching career at the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army and holds three degrees, including an interdisciplinary Ph.D., from Southern Illinois University. He has spent a great deal of time in South Carolina, the home state of his wife, Mary, and is a member of the South Carolina Writers Workshop. His publications include academic journal and popular periodical articles and eight books, one released in paperback under a new title. His three most recent books are novels. Robert and Mary live in Champaign, Illinois. They have two sons and a grandson and share (long story!) a cat named Eddie with the family next door.


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  1. Mr. Hays,
    My husband, Gene (Carbys Gene Gleason, Jr.), is one of Oscar Koch’s great-nephews. He is planning to purchase your newest book and wanted to know if you would sign it for him if we mailed it to you?
    We live in southern California, but my family lives in eastern Iowa. We travel to Iowa at least once a year and would love to meet you sometime when we are back in your area.
    Jennifer Gleason

  2. Mr. Hays,
    I came across your site after finding your book and reading the preview on Amazon. My mother is a great-niece(half) of Oscar Koch, and like Mrs. Gleason, I would be interested in purchasing a signed copy of your book. After reading the preview, we are very excited to read it!
    Thank you so much.
    Andrea Horton Krug

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